Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Lodge Lounge

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Luxury riverside tented safari lodge located in the Kruger’s Timbavati Private Game Reserve.

Set on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River, Simbavati River Lodge can be found in one of Kruger National Park’s most sought-after locations and offers exceptional game viewing. This is where you become immersed in a world of wildebeests, waterbucks, and warthogs as you watch from the lodge’s perfectly placed dining area. Daily game drives will take you deeper into the savannah bushveld where Africa’s big five are all known to roam, most notably leopard, and also wild dog. It’s also a birdwatcher’s paradise with as many as 360 species of bird life documented.

It’s a classic safari experience complete with a couple of contemporary twists to ensure your every whim is catered for. Where else could you watch elephants and giraffes before settling in for an afternoon of spa treatments or enjoying a work-out at the gym?

Safari tents, some with solar heated plunge pools, provide all the comfort you need right next to a flood-lit waterhole.

As dusk falls over Timbavati, thoughts turn to night drives and star gazing. The lodge lounge is the perfect place for delicious dinners or you can dine alfresco as the lights come on over the river. Alternatively, you can sit at a candle-lit table within the open-air boma. What better way to rekindle romance in the wilds of Africa other than round an open fire.

As you settle into your luxury safari tent and listen to the sounds of the bush, you’ll understand why we recommend you stay at Simbavati River Lodge for a minimum of two nights. This is a South African experience that deserves to be savoured slowly, an ideal way to disconnect from everyday life and reconnect with nature.

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Stunning riverside setting perfect for game viewing from the lodge

Big Five game spotting on twice daily game drives

Safari dining experiences from bush sundowners to fireside in the boma

Flood-lit waterhole for night-time viewing

Luxury safari tents, some with plunge pools

Safari spa and fitness suite


  • 1 night

  • Africa . South Africa . Timbavati

  • International flights not included

  • All Inclusive

From £394 per person per night

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Simbavati River Lodge Lounge
Simbavati River Lodge Tented Pool Suite

Holiday details


The luxurious tented suites are a good size with spacious en-suite bathrooms. Enclosed outdoor rain showers and game viewing decks add to the African adventure ambience. Suites open up at the sides for comfort and have a classic safari style décor including wooden flooring. Tented pool suites have their own solar heated plunge pools.


  • Lounge and bar
  • Flood-lit waterhole
  • Swimming pool
  • Safari spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Open air campfire
  • Safari shop
  • Free Wi-Fi

Holiday location

Map of Simbavati River Lodge, South Africa

Local Area

Kruger National Park is situated in northeast South Africa close to the border with Mozambique. It’s a vast game reserve that’s designed to allow wild animals to live within their natural habitat free from human threats. Elephants, lions, rhinos, hyenas, zebras, and buffalo can all be found here, alongside vultures, eagles, storks, and hornbill birds.

It’s an authentic African safari setting with woodlands, grasslands, and wide-open savanna plains providing an incredible backdrop for big game drives. Lakes and rivers, such as the Nhlaralumi, are an important source of water for wildlife. Private camps are often situated close to waterholes to allow guests to watch from the comfort and security of their lodge.

Nature reserves, such as Timbavati Private Game Reserve, help to protect the environment and inhabitants of Kruger National Park. They’re also a means of ensuring local farmers and sustainable tourism initiatives can continue to work in harmony.

The location of Timbavati game reserve, on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River, make it a wonderful spot for wildlife watching. Cheetahs, giraffes, and herds of elephants can often be found drinking at the waterhole right in front of luxury safari lodges. There’s nowhere better to experience an authentic slice of Africa that benefits both animals and humans.


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